Security Industry Rallies With Digital Identity Assurance Leader ActivIdentity

ActivIdentity has created and end-to-end FIPS 201 PIV integration that reduces cost, time and risk


ActivIdentity, with its partners, has been selected as the provider of smart card-based identity solutions by more government agencies than any other provider, including one of the world's largest smart card deployments for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the recently announced (Apptis: August 30, 2006) Transportation Security Administration implementation with the new ActivIdentity PIV-compliant solution. ActivIdentity has also deployed smart card systems to many other innovative government agencies that lead the development of smart card usage and standards including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Interior and FBI.

ActivIdentity's Open Platform

ActivIdentity provides two essential components of the complete FIPS 201 PIV solution; its industry leading smart card management system, ActivIdentity CMS 4.0, and ActivIdentity ActivClient 6.0 desktop authentication software, the first to be FIPS-201 certified by NIST. This complete smart card solution provides issuance, life cycle management of PIV cards, plus usage applications and post-issuance capability. Leveraging the ActivIdentity platform with its extensive application programming interfaces (APIs), system integrators and solutions partners are working with ActivIdentity to provide a complete PIV solution, including:

-- Identity management and provisioning -- Identity verification and proofing -- Physical security integration -- Government certified shared service provider PKI -- Certificate validation -- Biometrics

ActivIdentity CMS 4.0 goes beyond the requirements of the HSPD-12 mandate, and the FIPS 201 standard, by providing end-to-end security for the issuance and lifecycle management for PIV cards, plus post issuance capability to update data, credentials and applications for cards in the field. ActivIdentity CMS 4.0 now enables customers to comply with the HSPD-12 mandate by issuing FIPS 201 certified smart cards, either face to face, locally within government agencies, or through central service bureau card production facilities. ActivIdentity CMS 4.0 integrates seamlessly with other components of a PIV solution such as identity management systems, physical access control systems, enrollment and identity proofing systems, and central production facilities. Many leading software vendors have already integrated their solutions with ActivIdentity CMS 4.0, including: Novell, Inc., Sun, Inc., IBM Corporation, Lenel Systems International, Inc., Honeywell, Imageware Systems, Inc., Daon, Probaris Technologies and L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc. (formerly ViiSage), among others including PKI providers, Entrust, Inc. and Cybertrust.

ActivClient 6.0 enables government employees and contractors to use PIV Cards for many day-to-day applications such as PKI login to Windows, Solaris and Linux workstations; authentication for Web, wireless networks, remote access, thin clients, secure e-mail; as well as to digitally sign documents and transactions. When used with ActivIdentity SecureLogin eSSO, the PIV card secures single sign-on access to applications.

ActivClient 6.0 is the only client software with backward and forward compatibility for multiple standards and support for smart cards from all card vendors approved by DOD, and can be securely upgraded remotely to support additional standards or future versions of PIV.

"Our open support for multiple standards including CAC, GSCIS and PIV is a key competitive advantage that ActivIdentity offers our customers," Jason Hart said. "This flexibility allows them to preserve their existing investments and enables a smooth migration to new smart card standards as they evolve. One example of the advantage of ActivIdentity's open platform is the upgrade path provided to the U.S. Department of Defense utilizing ActivIdentity CMS and ActivClient to transition DOD's 3.5 million smart card users to meet FIPS 201 requirements without having to reissue their existing cards."